Finally, last weekend I managed to find some time to get back to sewing. Sadly nothing for me, as I have a couple of commissions I'm currently working on, but it was nice to get back into the swing of things. It feels like a long while since I last spent a good few hours at my machine. Although I haven't quite finished anything I can share photos of (the one item I did complete is a surprise for someone who is likely to read this, so I can't share until she has it), I decided I'd put together a list of the things I can't function productively without.
|Sew Lovely mug: Tea Please*|
Obviously, I run on caffeine, so I always have a pot of coffee on the go before I settle down to some stitching. I now have a new favourite sewing-themed mug as well. TeaPlease have a lovely selection of mugs which cover a range of themes and I'll be certainly going back when I have to shop for birthday presents etc. I've used this mug almost daily since it arrived a few weeks ago, and the design shows no sign of fading, despite being washed both by hand and in the dishwasher on numerous occasions, so it definitely gets a thumbs up from me!
One of my favourite sewing-related items is my rotary cutter. Admittedly, I was a little skeptical at first, as I'd never really thought that scissors were that cumbersome, but since trying out my rotary cutter a year or so ago, I've never looked back. I was talking cutting mat sizes with Sarah the other day and mine is 45 x 60 inches, which is pretty much large enough to suit my requirements. I might look at a larger one at some point, but it's not a necessity. Another thing I'm considering is some pattern weights; are they much better than pins?
I'm not very good at working in silence, so when I'm not listening to The Archers (or anything else on Radio 4, particularly if it features Brian Cox). I'll set my laptop up nearby and work my way through just about anything on a box set. A selection of the things I've recently marathoned above.
I've also just signed up to Love Sewing magazine, as they're currently offering the new Gertie book as a subscription gift. I've been hankering after the book for a while, and I enjoy the magazines, so it seemed a good deal for me!
What are your sewing essentials?